There’s a new guide to the best streets in Britain – and one in York has made the list.
To be fair, any street in York is better than most other places to live.
But the compilers of the Telegraph newspaper’s guide to Britain’s 50 best streets to live on plumped for just one.
And it was just the sort of street to appeal to Telegraph readers.
They named Bootham among their 50 best UK thoroughfares. Sadly, they used a picture of High Petergate to illustrate the street (admittedly showing Bootham Bar), but you can’t have everything.
So, just to be clear, here’s Bootham itself…
By ‘best street’, the Telegraph means those that “hold their value”.
Bootham has a lot going for it, because it has highly-rated (and fee-paying) schools on the doorstep, is close to the city centre and yet has access to green space.
“It is one of the most popular roads in York with a mixture of historic and elegant Georgian and Victorian homes and residents can easily walk into the city for its shops, restaurants and bars,” Savills’ Ed Stoyle told the paper.
The Telegraph said the neighbourhood average price for a house on Bootham was £548,125. “Blenkin & Co is selling a grand Victorian terraced house for £1,750,000 while there is a stylish new build town house with three bedrooms on an off-shoot mews for £795,000 with Hudson Moody,” the paper reported.
Also representing North Yorkshire on Britain’s 50 best streets to live on was Duchy Road, Harrogate.
The streets were chosen by taking “the top slice of the deprivation index to identify the best places to live by region (based on crime levels, employment opportunities, quality of the public realm and proximity to schools and transport)”, before honing in on the highest value neighbourhoods.
“Then, through interviews with leading estate agents, it reveals arguably the best streets in the land with a bias towards family-friendly pockets and properties in suburbs and towns, rather than down-town inner city spots or rural villages. These addresses boast period housing stock, are near the right schools and next to green or blue space,” the Telegraph said.